Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/11681/22155
Title: Innovative solidification techniques for hazardous wastes at Army installations
Authors: Myers, Tommy E.
Keywords: Hazardous wastes--Colorado--Rocky Mountain Arsenal
Soil absorption and adsorption
Soil consolidation
Soils--Leaching
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous Paper;EL-85-7
Abstract: Abstract: This report presents the results of a laboratory investigation of solidification processing of Basin F liquid from the Rocky Mountain Arsenal (RMA), Denver, Colo. The residuals in Basin F contain toxic metals that require treatment and disposal. Innovative techniques for immobilization of contaminants in hazardous wastes such as Basin F liquid are needed. The contaminant immobilization technique described herein could provide the disposal technology needed to immobilize toxic metals. Due to the developmental nature of the technology described, additional testing will be required before the technique is adopted. The basis of the technique is adsorption of toxic metals to soil that has been conditioned with N-(β-aminoethyl)-γ-aminopropyl-trimethoxysilane (organosilane). Conditioning with this organosilane improved the metal sorption characteristics of the soil used as a solidification additive. The ultimate adsorption capacity was improved from 6.6 to 15.2 mg copper per gram or sorbent, and the Langmuir distribution coefficient was increased from 0.0229 to 0.0265 ℓ/mg. Basin F liquid was treated by first mixing the liquid with soil in order to adsorb copper. The resulting slurry was solidified using flyash and lime as setting agents. In order to investigate chemical leaching characteristics, leaching tests were run on two types of solidification products. One product was prepared using soil to adsorb copper, and the other was prepared using organosilane-conditioned soil as the sorbent. The leaching tests showed that organosilane conditioning of the soil additive lowered the leachability of copper from solidified Basin F liquid.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11681/22155
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